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Richard 111 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

September 19th, 2014 by Julie

Richard 111

 

Richard 111 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland Oregon is a triumph.

The play is takes place during the 30 year long War of the Roses between the houses of York and Lancaster. It is a story of the lust for power, and how Richard spirals into corruption, hatred, revenge and evil.

So says Richard, with Shakespeare famous words ” Now is the winter of our discontent”. Nearly every character in the play longs for a better future, after a long period of upheaval and discontentment.

Richard’s lust for power leads him to murder and to destroy peoples live. He becomes so despicable, villainous and evil, in his quest to have no one left in the country to challenge him. But of course he will always have enemies and he finds it hard to trust anyone. Richard is constantly haunted by the ghosts of those he has had killed.

Director James Bundy and his brilliant cast have the audience captivated from the start of the play until the end. Dan Donohue as Richard 111 steals  the show with a masterfully outstanding performance. You love to hate him, but you also can have some sympathy for him as he struggles with his deformities and descends into ruthless brutality.

Shakespeare’s masterpiece will shock and delight at the same time, with Richard as the most astonishingly entertaining character to take center stage.

Jean-Pierre and I were intrigued by Shakespeare’s artistry, seeing the play under the stars is wonderful. We talked about it for days afterwards.

This is a must see, but  there is not too much time left before the Elizabethan Stage closes and Richard 111 will be no more.

Get thee to the box office now…

For Tickets…..Oregon Shakespeare Box Office

Music to Enjoy in Ashland Oregon

September 8th, 2014 by Julie

Music to enjoy in Ashland Oregon

In our lovely town of Ashland there are lots of opportunities in our restaurants and bars and also local wineries to enjoy fabulous music by local bands and taste some of the most delicious food as well.

Some of the venues where you can hear great music are Enoteca Wine and Bistro, Caldera Tap House, Standing Stone Brewery, Oberon’s Tavern,Blue” Greek on Granite, Pasta Piatti,  Grizzley Peak Winery,  Belle Fiore Winery and The Brick Room to name just a few, see below for more about The Brick Room.

Evening of wine, music and food at the Grizzly Peak Winery’s 2014 summer concert series in Ashland Oregon

August 7th, 2014 by Julie

 

food at grizzly peak Enjoy an evening of wine,music and food at the Grizzly Peak winery’s 2014 summer concert series in Ashland Oregon. Grizzly Peak is an award winning winery, nestled into the slopes of Grizzly Peak at 1600 East Nevada Street Ashland.. Just a 10 minute drive from Downtown.

Coming up in August..

An evening with Dave Pinsky  on August 15th.

and on  August 22nd   Blue Lightning band

The concerts start at 6pm… there will be food truck service with local tasty treats starting at around 5pm. Or you could bring a picnic and drink great wines as you listen to foot tapping music.

band at gizzly peakgrizzly peak grapes

 

 

Of course Grizzly Peak Winery set in 40 beautiful acres,  is open from Thursday— Sunday from 12 noon until 4pm. The vintners will be happy to talk to you about their wines and enjoy a tasting.

“The Great Society” now playing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

August 1st, 2014 by Julie

“The Great Society” now playing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

bill rauch and robert schennkeanRecently we were privileged to join an audience of OSF volunteers at the Music Hall on the campus of Southern Oregon University for an evening with Bill Rauch, Robert Schenkkan and Tom Bryant. They talked about the Broadway production of  ”All the Way” and the new sequel to All the Way, Robert Schenkkan’s new work “The Great Society”.

This play will be just as powerful and tumultuous as All the Way. In The Great Society, we start from LBJ’s landslide victory in 1965 until 1968. We see how Lyndon Johnson has to come to grips with the increasingly unpopular Vietnam War, and how he is able to push through great legislation such as the Voting Rights Act and Medicare.

Jack Willis again reprises his role as LBJ,  and Kenajaun Bentleyas Dr. Martin Luther King. The cast is still in rehearsals, guided by Bill Rauch as Director and Robert Schenkkan, they are getting ready for the world premier opening on July 23rd.

We are so excited to see The Great Society, to revisit the 1960′s and to remember what Lyndon Johnson and Martin Luther King fought for. and what they achieved in difficult times in our history.

Another snippet fresh off the presses… Robert Schenkkan told us that he is in negotiations with a movie company to make a film of All the Way!!  We will look forward to seeing it in the future at the Varsity Theatre in Ashland.

Summer Nature Walks in Lithia Park Ashland Oregon

July 25th, 2014 by Julie

Lithia-ParkEvery Wednesday,Friday and Saturdays during the summer months Ashland Park and Recreation offers free guided tours through beautiful Lithia Park,

Starting at 10am the walks last about an hour and a half. All ages are welcome to stroll through the park and learn about the flowers,trees,water,geology and history of this famous park.

No reservations are required, just meet everyone at the Ashland Plaza entrance of Lithia Park, and have an enjoyable morning learning about nature, in one of the most amazing parks you will ever visit.

See you in the park!

 

“Cocoanuts” now playing in the Bowmer Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland Oregon

July 15th, 2014 by Julie

CocoanutsCocoanuts is now playing in the Bowmer Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland Oregon through November 2nd 2014.

Mark Bedard who is again absolutely brilliant, as the zany, crazy Groucho Marx.

Cocoanuts is a jazz age gem and a wildly funny romp full of sun, sand, superb fun and shtick. Groucho as Mr Hammer, the owner of a failing hotel in Florida the “Cocoanuts Beach Hotel”.

Groucho tries to peddle some worthless real estate in a get-rich-quick scheme by taking advantage of one his guests in the hotel a wealthy society widow Mrs. Potter, superbly played by K.T Vogt….. comic mayhem and uproarious fun ensue as Groucho tries to relieve Mrs. Potter of her money.

At one point there is a land auction in which the audience is invited to bid, the evening we saw the play, the audience went crazy and bid millions of dollars in ever increasing excitement.

Of course there are Groucho’s more than willing sidekicks.. Zeppo ( who is the hotel clerk ) deftly played by Eduardo Placer and Chico and Harpo played hilariously by John Tufts and Brent Hinkley.

Cocoanuts castThis is musical comedy at it’s best with wonderful songs and lyrics by Irving Berlin, including “Always” and “Lucky Boy”.

Cocoanuts is a madcap musical full of mayhem, mischievousness,silliness and spontaneous improvisations, anything can happen, and it usually does, no two performances are alike.The audience is definitely part of the whole experience. The cast are having a great time, always looking for the next ad lib. It’s a sheer joy… you come away from the theatre, singing the songs and chuckling to yourself for days afterwards!

 

Summer in Ashland Oregon

July 10th, 2014 by Julie

ashland oreegon townAshland Oregon has so much to offer visitors, it’s a small town bursting with sophistication but also wacky and wonderful too, it’s a friendly place, where everyone has time to chat!!

 Ashland is home to the Tony Award Winning and world famous “Oregon Shakespeare Festival ” the jewel in the crown of our town.  With it’s three iconic and beloved Theatres all in the center of downtown Ashland.

It’s not only a great Get-a-way from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but as you arrive in Ashland you take a deep breath ready for renewal, restoration and the healing power of our glorious and famous small town.

 There are so many things to do when you come to visit Ashland, it’s an art lovers dream, has lots of music events,  fabulous dining, boutique wineries, river rafting, birding, hiking trails and Lithia Park which is on the list of “National Register of Historic Places”.

Happy Independence Day from the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast

July 4th, 2014 by Julie

Wishing you a Happy Independence Day from the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast….

4th july cake I made a Flag Cake with cream cheese frosting and decorated it with blueberries and raspberries for Tea at the Inn today. All of our guests are out and about in Ashland, Lots going on including the famous 4th Parade and an Art Show and Music in Lithia Park. Tonight there will be fireworks at 10pm to finish up a busy day…

Summer Band Music Concerts in Lithia Park Ashland Oregon

July 1st, 2014 by Julie

band concerts in Lithia Park2014 Summer Concerts in Lithia Park Ashland Oregon.

Ashland City Band directed by Don Bieghler, perform a free concert every Thursday evening starting at 7pm from June until mid August at the Butler Band Shell on Winburn Way in Lithia Park.

 

The City Band plays Broadway hits, patriotic marches also original orchestral music and lots more. They often have a guest artists join them before the concert, they will start playing around 6pm.

There is always something new every week. On July 4th there will be a special Independence Day concert starting after the parade in the afternoon.

Just take a minute to relax from your busy day, bring a picnic and enjoy a summer concert in the Park.

See you there!

For information go to..

www.ashland.or.us

Blue Moon’s Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

June 30th, 2014 by Julie

 

 raspberry bars

Blue Moon’s  delectable and Famous

“Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

Ingredients

  • 10 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for the pan
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • Directions 

    1. Heat oven to 375° F. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan. In a food processor, pulse the flour, sugar, and salt to combine. Add the butter and pulse just until the dough comes together. Transfer to a bowl and gently knead in the oats.
    2. Press all but 1/2 cup of the dough into the prepared pan. Spread the jam evenly over the dough, leaving a 1/4-inch border around the edges. Scatter the raspberries over the jam and sprinkle with the remaining dough.
    3. Bake until the edges are golden, 25 to 28 minutes. Let cool at least 10 minutes or more before slicing.
    4. Serves 16
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